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Murray's Wild Thing Imperial Stout - Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

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Murray's Wild Thing Imperial StoutMurray's Wild Thing Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

41 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 17
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Murray's Craft Brewing Co. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Murray's 'Wild Thing' Imperial Stout was inspired by the great stouts favoured by the Russian Imperial Court. A massive, intense drinking experience. The colour is black. Totally black. Impossible to see through even when held up to the light - nothing insipid about this beer.

Aromas of strong dark chocolate, a little fruitiness from the hops and yeast and some rumminess from the alcohol. The flavour is an intense hit of mocha - bitter dark chocolate bordering on coffee. Some malt sweetness but an aggressive hop bitterness and roast grain bite to balance. And then there's the mouthfeel... Full bodied is an understatement. Massive mouth-fillling malt that almost overwhelms, before the freight train of the bitterness from the hops and the roast acidity kicks in to clean up the palate.

(Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 11-15-2008)
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from BobbyHeenan. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter
Best Before 16 May 2014

APPEARANCE: A thicker, opaque black pour yields a 1+ finger, thicker looking, creamy, light mocha head with great retention. Pitch black body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a thick foam cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A ring and slight wisp remain leaving some splotchy lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, dark fruits, dates, and some dark chocolate on the nose. Big aromas. Light sweet cream with the chocolate and grape notes. Very nice.

TASTE: Roasted malts, dark fruit, dark chocolate with leather notes up front. Flavorful for sure. Bold and lingering aftertaste of roasted, bitter chocolate leather, tobacco and a touch of dark fruits as well. Burnt flavors underline the rest of it. Flavorful and complex.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Okay. Enough weight, but not quite big enough for top marks.

OVERALL: Perhaps the best of the Murray's bunch. Good look with a complex flavor profile. The feel is fine, but an even fuller and creamier palate would help bring the flavors out just a touch more. Solid all around. Thanks for deciding to send this one over Bobby. Would definitely go for it again. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2014 15:50:27 | More by Jeffo
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Kroehny_Loves_Hops

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-01-2014 07:52:17 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-15-2014 17:26:00 | More by spycow
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

01-01-2014 08:42:09 | More by bmwats
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-01-2013 16:59:05 | More by francisweizen
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-08-2013 08:55:24 | More by tobelerone
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dansmcd

Australia

3/5  rDev -28.1%

06-19-2013 05:50:47 | More by dansmcd
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Rwalford74

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-27-2013 09:17:56 | More by Rwalford74
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-22-2012 22:59:17 | More by t0rin0
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Murray's Manly. From notes.

A - Poured black with mild carbonation, one finger of mocha head. Good islands of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Espresso, coffee. Lacking depth, but nice.

T - Really roasty, booze, coffee was quite strong, Belgian yeast and fruit.

M - Nice carbonation, full chewy body, bitter finish.

O/D - Nice, strong stout. Odd yeast profile but quite drinkable and warming.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2012 23:31:34 | More by tbeckett
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MordeciaFunk

Australia

4/5  rDev -4.1%

06-06-2012 12:13:53 | More by MordeciaFunk
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on apr´12.Pitch black in color, very dark brown to the light. Lasting, small bubbled, tan head. Toasted sweet malts, ripe dark fruits, hints of chocolate, both in flavors & aromas. Oily hoppy bitterness is shown in the middle. Silky palate. Full body, soft carbonation. Bitterness, softened by choco notes, flows as an underground river through an smooth viscous malty mountain & lingers into the end with subtle acidic fruit touch. Slightly fruity aftertaste. 10% ABV! Who cares?...Good job Aussies!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 18:10:26 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-20-2012 02:22:09 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

02-17-2012 02:59:55 | More by kjkinsey
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KevSal

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-25-2012 10:03:00 | More by KevSal
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largadeer

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Masterski. Thanks, Alex.

Black as pitch, and nicely carbonated. The head retains solidly for a few minutes before settling to a crown.

Smells appropriately roasty, charred but not burnt, neither sweet nor dry. Bittersweet chocolate comes to mind.

The palate is similarly middle of the road in all respects. Full-bodied and roasty, chocolatey in a bitter, unsweetened way. Little bit ashy and tarry, but actually quite balanced between bitter and sweet. Finishes with anise and roast, a little lingering bitterness. Pretty nice stuff, a solid no frills imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 21:16:14 | More by largadeer
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large, lasting dark tan head.
Nose shows dark chocolate, resinous hops, oatmeal and wood notes with solid roasted malt backing.
Very big, powerful flavours, lots of piney, resinous hops throughout, with cocoa and chocolate fudge showing up only momentarily. Boozy finish, but not over the top or hot.
Pretty bloody good but a little over-hopped for my liking.
Nice syrupy body, carbonation seems just a little high.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 09:11:04 | More by CrazyDavros
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FlandersNed

Indiana

5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-30-2011 04:07:29 | More by FlandersNed
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mungus

Australia

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

11-20-2011 14:15:25 | More by mungus
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danieelol

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mulder1010

Something good for my 100th review.

Pours black with a nice head

Aroma is markedly hoppy with roast and subtle banana-y esters, somewhat Jack Daniel's-like.

Taste is also enjoyable with nice roast and hop balance.

Very enjoyable beer, did not expect it to be as well made as it was.

Serving type: growler

10-31-2011 12:56:02 | More by danieelol
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ADZA

Australia

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black hue which lets no light in and produces a chocolate laced one finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is roasted malts,chocolate,boozy alcohol and dark expresso,the mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and slick with tastes of dark belgian chocolate,turkish coffee,dark berries,roasted malts,molasses,a touch of aniseed and finished with a punchy hop bittersweetness and overall i like it and its definately one of Australia's better RIS's and yes i would revisit.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 05:39:35 | More by ADZA
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MrKennedy

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4th batch at Murrays, Bob's Farm, poured into a snifter glass.

Pours jet black, some carbonation bubbles rising within. Has a tan coloured foam that measured a finger on top. Solid head retention and lacing.

Aroma is of deep roasted malt with some chocolate. Little bit of hop presence coming through.

In your face taste. Plenty of roasted malt, liquorice, coffee and chocolate. Also a solid floral hop showing early.

Mouthfeel is smooth early, layered, even with the average carbonation this has a silky smooth feel about it and bitterness comes in late to give it some differentiation.

Interesting to taste this young with full on flavours and solid bitterness. Should keep well and will be good to see how it changes over time.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 06:18:16 | More by MrKennedy
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heygeebee

Australia

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amazing black opaque with three finger tan head. Amazing effervescence. Good lacing.

Aromas of roast malts, dark chocolate, and coffee.

Taste is a sensation in the mouth. Rich, creamy chocalate backed by malts and just the right hint of bitterness. Not a sweet stout (my preference) but still excellent in balance.

Mouthfeel is medium weight, surprising given the ABV, and the onlt let down.

Overall, an amazing beer, easy to drink too many of.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 11:41:59 | More by heygeebee
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage trucked back from Australia by Chris (EehaiCJ). Best before July 9th, 2010. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - A finger of dark tan foam settles to a thick collar, leaving behind some wispy patches and spotty lace, as well as a glass-coating brown film. Pitch black body.

S - Dark chocolate, heavily roasted malts, licorice, and perhaps a bit more sweetness as it warms up.

T - Roasty, bitter espresso, and dark chocolate. Not too sweet, but avoids being too burnt or ashy. More caramel malt emerges as the beer warms up. Alcohol is relatively well-hidden.

M - Thick, chewy, viscous, full body. Some light tingly carbonation, and a dry and roasty finish. No obvious alcohol warmth.

D - A well-crafted and very traditional RIS, something I don't think we see enough of these days. Not mind-blowing, but well crafted, with superb balance and flavor integration. A very enjoyable beer that I would like to try again down the road.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 16:21:13 | More by MasterSki
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burnheartsMKE

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with mulder1010 while I was in Australia last Feb. I smuggled it home and saved it for an night of imperial stout tasting* I did with some friends back home.

*One of my favorites of the night!

Dark pour with modest tan head.

Chocolate cake & slight booziness on the nose.

Rich coffee & chocolate with a slightly viscous mouthfeel made this a stand-out stout.

Stood up well placed in-between Red Hill's Imperial & Dark Horse's Plead the 5th.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 17:50:30 | More by burnheartsMKE
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Murray's Wild Thing Imperial Stout from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.